Mindat Logo

Mosesite

This page is currently not sponsored. Click here to sponsor this page.



Formula:
(Hg
 
2
N)(Cl,SO
 
4
,MoO
 
4
) · H
 
2
O
System:IsometricColour:Yellow; turns ...
Hardness:3 - 4
Name:Named in 1910 by Frederick Alexander Canfield, William Francis Hillebrand, and Waldemar Theodore Schaller in honor of Alfred Joseph Moses [July 25, 1859 Brooklyn, New York, USA - February 27, 1920 Mount Kisco, New York, USA], Professor of Mineralogy, Columbia University, who first described several of the mercury minerals from Terlingua, Texas.
This page provides mineralogical data about Mosesite.

Classification of Mosesite

IMA status:Valid - first described prior to 1959 (pre-IMA) - "Grandfathered"
Strunz 8th edition ID:3/D.06-50
Nickel-Strunz 10th (pending) edition ID:3.DD.30

3 : HALIDES
D : Oxyhalides, hydroxyhalides and related double halides
D : With Hg
Dana 8th edition ID:29.3.8.1

29 : HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
3 : A2B(XO4)2·xH2O
Hey's CIM Ref.:26.15

26 : Sulphates with Halide
mindat.org URL:http://www.mindat.org/min-2790.html
Please feel free to link to this page.

Type Occurrence of Mosesite

Type Locality:Terlingua District, Brewster Co., Texas, USA
Associated Minerals at type locality:
MontroyditeGypsumCalcite

Physical Properties of Mosesite

Lustre:Adamantine
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent
Colour:Yellow; turns olive-green upon prolonged exposure to light.
Streak:Very light yellow
Hardness (Mohs):3 - 4
Tenacity:Brittle
Cleavage:Imperfect/Fair
On {111}
Fracture:Irregular/Uneven

Crystallography of Mosesite

Crystal System:Isometric
Morphology:Crystals usally octahedral; also cubo-octahedral or cubic.
Twinning:Twin plane {111} common; repeated groups at times.

Optical Data of Mosesite

Type:Isotropic
Comments:Becomes isotropic when heated over about 186°.

Chemical Properties of Mosesite

Formula:
(Hg
 
2
N)(Cl,SO
 
4
,MoO
 
4
) · H
 
2
O
Simplified for copy/paste:(Hg2N)(Cl,SO4,MoO4)·H2O
Essential elements:Cl, H, Hg, N, O
All elements listed in formula:Cl, H, Hg, Mo, N, O, S

Relationship of Mosesite to other Species

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz Grouping):

- +
3.DD.05Eglestonite
(Hg
2+
2
)
 
3
OCl
 
3
(OH)
3.DD.05Kadyrelite
(Hg
2+
2
)
 
3
OBr
 
3
(OH)
3.DD.10Poyarkovite
(Hg
+
2
)
 
1.5
ClO
3.DD.15Hanawaltite
(Hg
+
2
)
 
3
Hg
2+
 
(Cl,OH)
 
2
O
 
3
3.DD.20Terlinguaite
(Hg
+
2
)
 
0.5
Hg
2+
 
ClO
3.DD.25Pinchite
Hg
2+
5
Cl
 
2
O
 
4
3.DD.30Gianellaite
(Hg
 
2
N)
 
2
SO
 
4
3.DD.35Kleinite
(Hg
 
2
N)(Cl,SO
 
4
) · nH
 
2
O
3.DD.40Tedhadleyite
(Hg
+
2
)
 
5
Hg
2+
 
I
 
2
(Cl,Br)
 
2
O
 
4
3.DD.45Vasilyevite
(Hg
+
2
)
 
10
I
 
3
Br
 
2
Cl(CO
 
3
)O
 
6
3.DD.50Aurivilliusite
(Hg
+
2
)
 
0.5
Hg
2+
 
(I,Br,Cl)O
3.DD.55Terlinguacreekite
Hg
2+
3
Cl
 
2
O
 
2
3.DD.60Kelyanite
(Hg
+
2
)
 
6
Sb
3+
 
BrCl
 
2
O
 
6
3.DD.65Comancheite
Hg
2+
55
N
3–
24
(NH
 
2
,OH)
 
4
(Cl,Br)
 
34
Related Minerals - Hey's Index Grouping:

- +
26.1Kogarkoite
Na
 
3
(SO
 
4
)F
26.2Sulphohalite
Na
 
6
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
FCl
26.3Schairerite
Na
 
3
(SO
 
4
)(F,Cl)
26.4Galeite
Na
 
15
(SO
 
4
)
 
5
F
 
4
Cl
26.5Connellite
Cu
 
19
(SO
 
4
)(OH)
 
32
Cl
 
4
· 3H
 
2
O
26.6Chlorothionite
K
 
2
Cu(SO
 
4
)Cl
 
2
26.7Kamchatkite
KCu
 
3
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
OCl
26.8Spangolite
Cu
 
6
Al(SO
 
4
)(OH)
 
12
Cl · 3H
 
2
O
26.9Aubertite
CuAl(SO
 
4
)
 
2
Cl · 14H
 
2
O
26.10Magnesioaubertite
(Mg,Cu)Al(SO
 
4
)
 
2
Cl · 14H
 
2
O
26.11Svyazhinite
(Mg,Mn
2+
 
,Ca)(Al,Fe
3+
 
)(SO
 
4
)
 
2
F · 14H
 
2
O
26.12D'Ansite
Na
 
21
Mg(SO
 
4
)
 
10
Cl
 
3
26.13Anhydrokainite
KMg(SO
 
4
)Cl
26.14Kainite
KMg(SO
 
4
)Cl · 3H
 
2
O
26.16Kleinite
(Hg
 
2
N)(Cl,SO
 
4
) · nH
 
2
O
26.17Wilcoxite
MgAl(SO
 
4
)
 
2
F · 17H
 
2
O
26.18Creedite
Ca
 
3
SO
 
4
Al
 
2
F
 
8
(OH)
 
2
· 2H
 
2
O
26.19Lannonite
Mg
 
2
Ca
 
4
Al
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
8
F
 
8
· 24H
 
2
O
26.20Chukhrovite-(Y)
Ca
 
3
(Y,Ce)[F|SO
 
4
|(AlF
 
6
)
 
2
] · 10H
 
2
O
26.21Chukhrovite-(Ce)
Ca
 
3
(Ce,Y)[F|SO
 
4
|(AlF
 
6
)
 
2
] · 10H
 
2
O
26.22Grandreefite
Pb
 
2
(SO
 
4
)F
 
2
26.23Pseudograndreefite
Pb
 
6
(SO
 
4
)F
 
10
26.24Sundiusite
Pb
 
10
(SO
 
4
)O
 
8
Cl
 
2
26.25Caracolite
Na
 
3
Pb
 
2
(SO
 
4
)
 
3
Cl
26.26Mammothite
Pb
 
6
Cu
 
4
AlSb
5+
 
O
 
2
(OH)
 
16
Cl
 
4
(SO
 
4
)
 
2
26.27Atlasovite
K(BiO)Cu
 
6
Fe
3+
 
(SO
 
4
)
 
5
O
 
3
Cl
26.28Xitieshanite
Fe
3+
 
(SO
 
4
)Cl · 6H
 
2
O
26.29Nabokoite
KCu
 
7
(SO
 
4
)
 
5
(Te
4+
 
O
 
3
)OCl

Other Names for Mosesite

Other Languages:
German:Mosesit
Spanish:Mosesita

Other Information

Other Information:Alters to a white substance retaining its original shape when placed into cold HCl.
Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Mosesite

Reference List:

- +
Canfield, Hillebrand, and Schaller (1910) American Journal of Science: 30: 202.

Canfield (1913) Columbia University School of Mines Quarterly: 34, no. 3

Larsen, E.S. (1921) The Microscopic Determination of the Nonopaque Minerals, First edition, USGS Bulletin 679: 113.

Bird (1932) American Mineralogist: 17: 541.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 89-90.

American Mineralogist (1953): 38: 1225-1234.

Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte (1973): 3: 126.

Internet Links for Mosesite

Search Engines:
  • Look for Mosesite on Google
  • Look for Mosesite images on Google
  • External Links:
  • Look for Mosesite on Webmineral
  • Look for Mosesite on Athena Mineralogy
  • Look for Mosesite on Wikipedia
  • Look for Mosesite on Mineralien Atlas
  • Raman and XRD data at RRUFF project
  • American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database
  • Mosesite details from Handbook of Mineralogy (PDF)
  • Mineral Dealers:
  • SpiriferMinerals.com - high quality low prices
  • Fine Minerals from Weinrich Minerals, Inc.
  • Buy RARE Minerals from Rocks of Africa
  • Find Mosesite on www.crystalclassics.co.uk
  • Wilensky Fine Minerals
  • Buy rare minerals from Excalibur Minerals
  • Fine minerals from bisbeeborn.com
  • The Arkenstone - Fine Minerals
  • Rare and Unusual minerals at Mineralogical Research Company
  • Fine and rare minerals from mintreasure.com
  • Lapis Mineral Magazin
  • Mineral Classics - Worldwide Collector Quality Minerals and Gems
  • Localities for Mosesite

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Mexico
     
    • Guerrero
      • Mun. de Taxco
        • Hauhauxtla
    Panczner (1987): 135-372.
    • Queretaro
      • Mun. de Cadereyta
        • El Doctor (Doctor)
    Panczner (1987): 279.
    USA
     
    • California
      • San Benito Co.
        • Diablo Range
          • New Idria District
            • Picacho Peak
    Dunning, Hadley, Cooper, Magnasco collections; Mineralogical Record (1993): 24: 471-475.
      • San Mateo Co.
        • Emerald Lake Hills
    The Challenge Mercury Deposit, Redwood City, San Mateo County, California.,Gail Dunning, BAM Journal, Vol. 9 No. 1.
    • Nevada
      • Humboldt Co.
        • Opalite District
    NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
      • Pershing Co.
        • Humboldt Range
          • Willard District
    Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 90.
    • Texas
      • Brewster Co.
    American Journal of Science, ser. 4 (1910): 30: 202-208; Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 90; Mineralogical Record: 21: 233.
    Rocks & Minerals: 66(1): 202.
    Mineral and/or Locality  
    Search Google  
    Copyright © Jolyon Ralph and Ida Chau 1993-2014. Site Map. Locality, mineral & photograph data are the copyright of the individuals who submitted them. Site hosted & developed by Jolyon Ralph. Mindat.org is an online information resource dedicated to providing free mineralogical information to all. Mindat relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters. Mindat does not offer minerals for sale. If you would like to add information to improve the quality of our database, then click here to register.
    Current server date and time: October 21, 2014 14:01:08
    Mineral and Locality Search
    Mineral:
    and/or Locality:
    Options
    Fade toolbar when not in focusFix toolbar to bottom of page
    Hide Social Media Links
    Slideshow frame delay seconds